Writer, Producer, Correspondent, FRONTLINE (PBS)
In his 40 years producing and reporting, Martin Smith has covered the world: from revolution in Central America and the fall of communism in Russia, to the rise of Al Qaeda and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has won every award in journalism multiple times, including Emmys, Peabody Awards, Polk Awards and duPont Columbia Gold and Silver Batons. Today Martin Smith heads RAIN Media, an independent production company that he founded in 1998. In the wake of 9/11, Smith produced two films for FRONTLINE on the genesis of the attacks – Looking for Answers (2001) and Saudi Time Bomb? (2001). Smith continued reporting on Al Qaeda in subsequent years. In the trilogy, In Search of Al Qaeda (2002), Return of the Taliban (2006) and Obama’s War (2008), Smith investigated Pakistan’s duplicitous policy toward Afghanistan. This work had a major impact on the direction of US policy. Smith has produced several probing films for FRONTLINE on the Iraq conflict since the 2003 invasion, including: Truth, War and Consequences (2003), Beyond Baghdad (2004), Private Warriors (2005), and Gangs of Iraq (2007). Most recently, Smith has focused on examining the context and circumstances leading to the emergence of ISIS with The Rise of ISIS (2014) and Confronting ISIS (2016), and the regional consequences of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Bitter Rivals (2018), reporting from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Yemen.